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Alleged Police Brutality: How My Son Was Murdered By Police While Preparing for NDA – Widow Shares Sad Story.
Promise Akpan, a 52-year-old widow from Nnungudu Community in the Ibesikpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has talked about how her son was killed.
According to reports, Promise Akpan, on Wednesday, told the judicial panel investigating incidences of police brutality in the state that her son, Akaniyere, was killed while preparing for the Nigeria Defence Academy in May 2019.
Akpan, a retired civil servant, explained that her son was shot in the market while trying to buy shoes needed in the school.
She said, “My husband died in 2017. It was on January 13, 2019, my son was preparing to go to Nigeria Defence Academy, I tried as a mother since there was nobody to help. He was to leave for the school on Wednesday.
“Monday of that week was the market day in our community; so, my son came to me and said he did not have footwear to use when he gets to the school.”
“I told him to meet his friend while I was met with my colleagues for assistance. He left after finishing his food. The next moment, I heard a gunshot and I became terrified and asked myself what was going on.
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“As I was coming from Mbietebe Akpawat road, approaching the market, it was rowdy and people were running to and fro. I did not know what was going on.
“My nephew told me to sit on his motorcycle and I continued to ask him what was happening, but he forced me on the bike. He took me straight to my sister’s house where I was told that my son was killed by the police.”
The widow, who narrated her ordeal amid tears, said her 26-year-old son from witnesses was taken to the police station there at Ibesikpo and buried, adding that since he left home, she has not seen him till date.”
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The seven-man-panel presided over by Justice Ifiok Ukana (retd.), adjourned the case till January 21, 2021 for continuation of hearing.
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In the ongoing sitting of the Lagos Panel of Judiciary Inquiry on cases of police brutality on Wednesday, Tomori Gbolagade has revealed his brutal experience in the hands of policemen in Lagos.
The victim told the panel how he was shot by a drunk officer on September 30, 2011, while on his way home from work.
Mr Gbolagade, who worked as a visual effects expert, said the ordeal he was subjected to has compelled him to switch from using his right hand to the left “and the right side of his brain to the left, which has caused him great damage”.
How it happened
Narrating the incident to the panel on Wednesday, Mr Gbolagade said on September 30, 2011, himself and friends worked late at the office, the following day being a national holiday to mark Nigeria’s independence.
“I left around 10 p.m. heading home. I took the Oshodi- Dopemu road to lead to where I live which was Egbeda. On getting to the road block at Dopemu police station, there were some officers there and they requested that I park and I ‘trafficated’.”
He said prior to getting to the checking point, he picked up a friend before the police stopped them.
“The police stopped me, I was ‘trafficating’ to park when we heard gunshots repeatedly, two gunshots. They were very loud and I immediately slammed the brake and asked what happened.
“Then suddenly, the third gunshot that we heard came through the boot of my car, and hit my right arm, went into the dashboard.
“My friend who was beside me quickly jumped out to save himself. Being fully aware that it was the police that were around us, I quickly came out of the car, blood gushing out. The bullet hit an artery on my right hand and blood gushing out,” he told the panel.
“Immediately this happened, I came down and ran towards the police that I have been shot and to my surprise, the police took off right in front of us. They were about four, my friend that was beside me came and we were like, why are police running from civilians?”
He said since the checkpoint was in front of a police station, they went into the station to lodge a complaint.
“The police were questioning myself and my friend and I concentrated on putting pressure on the blood gushing out of my hand. As I turned to pick my phone from my car to call my family, I blanked out but I was still conscious because I could hear some conversation.
“At that time, peoole have started coming out and they were saying the officers were drunk and have been drinking from 7 p.m. to celebrate on October 1st, and that was September 30th,” he said.